By: Natasha Archary
OnlyFans, the subscription-based online platform that is popular for its adult content offering, will be banning all sexually explicit content from 1 October.
The London-based company made the announcement after mounting pressure from its payment processors. While some content that contains nudity will still be allowed, all sexually explicit or pornographic material will no longer be offered and the platform is taking a more mainstream route.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” said a spokesperson for the site.
Payment processing companies control the type of material porn sites are able to host and can ban payments to sites that for example contain revenge porn content.
Content creators on the platform cover a range of professions including photographers, cooks, personal trainers, fashion influencers and TV personalities.
But its most popular content by far is nudes and pornography.
OnlyFans users pay a monthly subscription fee between $5 and $50 to view a feed of images. They can also pay for exclusive content and give “tips” for custom pictures or videos.
The company will release more details in the weeks to follow but social media users did not take the news well, with many coming forward to voice that this has been their only source of income since the pandemic.
The news that OnlyFans will ban sex workers from making an income from the platform from October has come as a very painful blow, after an already horrendous 18 months.
— SWARM (@SexWorkHive) August 20, 2021
The effect that this OnlyFans ban could have on so many people for whom the platform has been their only way to pay rent over the pandemic is disturbingly absent from news coverage today.
— Sophia Smith Galer (@sophiasgaler) August 20, 2021
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